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From left to right: employees Q and Prent, owners Vic Lloyd, Rello, and Joe, and employee Teddy at Fat Tiger.
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Logan Square isn't a shopping mecca yet, but the stores in this developing neighborhood are well worth a visit. Given the types of people you see strolling in their skinny jeans along Milwaukee Avenue, it should come as no surprise that three record stores made our list of top shops in the area. Until Logan adds more boutiques and shoe stores to its roster, you can extend your day of shopping with visits to the area's incredible restaurants and bars.
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Head to Logan Square to discover an assortment of great used bikes made by Bianchi, KHS, Redline, Soma, Torker (for kids), as well as Burley and BOB trailers and Xtracycle cargo equipment. Or bring in your bike for a quick and easy tune-up. Check the shop’s website for what’s available before you go.
Stepping into Bric-A-Brac's brightly colored storefront is like entering the bedroom of every ‘80s kid’s dreams. The yellow walls are covered with shelves of toys, from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to vintage Transformers. It’s one of the only stores in town where you can pick up a Clash cassette, a VHS copy of Blade Runner and some E.T. earrings in one fell swoop. All of this supplements a highly curated selection of punk and garage rock records, including a healthy number of releases from local bands. Stop in to bask in the overwhelming sense of nostalgia and don’t forget to say hi to Dandelo, the store’s resident corgi.
Teresa Kirschbraun has lived in Logan Square for 25 years, and felt it always needed a bookstore. So she decided to open one. The indie bookshop sells new books, and also features an extensive children’s section and an area offering literature in Spanish. Look for a roster of events (book clubs, author visits and story times).
The streetwear scene in Chicago is pretty big (thanks to spots like RSVP Gallery, Leaders1354 and others), and now there’s this store Logan Square. Opened by the folks behind labels Vita-Morte and DopeBoyMagic, Fat Tiger Workshop carries those brands as well as new hard-to-find items that’ll make their debuts in the shop once a week. The weekend-only shop has strong ties to the hip-hop community, so keep an eye on its social media for announcements about last-minute performances in the store as well.
Owner Kelly Marie Thompson stocks her cozy Logan Square boutique with fresh seasonal blooms in both exotic varieties and contemporary styles. Order arrangements for special occasions, weddings, or just because. You’ll also discover a curated selection of fine cards, gifts for babies, bridesmaids and more displayed throughout the store.
You might think this is just a chocolate shop, where ingenious flavor combinations (passionfruit-ginger–white chocolate, goat-cheese-walnut) take shape as decadent truffles. One sip of owner Katherine Duncan’s hot chocolate, however, and you’ll know that this is really a test of will. Whether in traditional varieties (milk or bittersweet) or variants (salted caramel, hazelnut), the hot chocolate here is the thickest, richest, most insanely wondrous kind imaginable, topped with oversize, handmade marshmallows in flavors like Earl Grey and lemon-ginger. If you finish a full cup of this stuff, please give us a virtual high-five.
In spite of its name, you won’t find saws and power drills at this Logan Square shop, though you might be able to pick up the latest albums from Tool or Nine Inch Nails. Retaining the name of its former location (which now houses the Logan Arcade), Logan Hardware stocks new and used records in addition to refurbished turntables and stereo receivers. Make a purchase and your receipt will include a code that unlocks a nondescript door at the back of the store, giving you access to a room filled with vintage pinball machines and arcade cabinets, all set to free play.
Carrot Top Ltd., the long-running local indie record distributor, opened this spacious Logan Square music shop. In addition to LPs, the store also stocks a selection of turntables and music-related books, toys and tchotchkes. Stop by on the weekend, and you’re likely to catch an in-store performance from local acts or touring groups.
More proof that Logan Square is becoming the next big ‘hood: Boutiques like Tusk are opening in the area. The minimalist storefront features a mix of vintage and contemporary trendy women’s clothing (think boxy tops, high-waisted pants) and accessories. Expect the space to evolve, too. Owner Mary Eleanor Wallace plans to include one-off collabs, menswear and more.
Between the mishmash of clothing and accessories by more than 150 local designers (Squasht by Les, Siren Betty, Megan Lee, to name a few), you might need more than a moment to take in everything this Logan Square store offers. From vintage-inspired pencil sharpeners to floral A-line skirts, there’s more than enough material to rummage for hours. Feeling inspired? Sign up for a one-day craft workshop on knitting or bookbinding on your way out.